Advocacy & Alliance for Kids
The Alliance for Kids (Alliance or AFK) Council may openly and publicly support public policies and legislative issues which are consistent with the Alliance’s Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. Click below to view our complete guidelines and procedures for supporting legislation.
Alliance for Kids Endorses Proposition EE
Read the Ballot Measure HERE.
Our teen vaping rate is one of the highest in the country, yet Colorado does not tax vaping products. Even our tax on cigarettes is among the lowest in the country. At the same time, our public education system is facing drastic budget cuts due to the global pandemic. And thousands of Colorado families are struggling to pay for food, rent and health care, putting essential preschool education for their children well beyond their reach.
We know that raising taxes on tobacco and vape products help people–particularly our teens–quit using and discourage them from ever starting. We have the chance to protect our teens, help our public schools and provide universal, free preschool for all Colorado 4 year olds. By increasing taxes on tobacco products and closing the tax loophole on vape products, we can boost our public health and support each child’s education.
Our Advocacy Partner - Colorado Children's Campaign
The Colorado Children’s Campaign (CCC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. The CCC advocates for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates.
From the Colorado Children’s Campaign, The West Steps dives into the policies and politics that come out of the Colorado State Capitol. This insider guide is for outsiders who wonder how laws that affect the lives of Coloradans— especially kids.
Legislative Updates from Colorado Children's Campaign
The Children’s Campaign shared a legislative update at the January 2020 meeting of the AFK Community Network. Below are the handouts provided:
- 2020 Legislative Priorities
- 2019-20 Legislation Budget and Ballot Items
- Early Milestones Colorado Brief on Colorado’s Early Childhood Education Workforce
- Early Milestones Colorado Brief on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
- Career & Education Pathways for the Early Childhood Education Workforce (HB 20-1053)
- Nicotine Tax & Preschool Ballot Measure Key Provisions
Sign Up for the Colorado Children's Campaign Blog
The KidsFlash blog lets you stay up to date on the latest child well-being news from the Colorado State Capitol and around the state. Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education, and more. Track legislation and policies affecting Colorado’s kids.Get the inside scoop on the Children’s Campaign’s outreach efforts, fundraising, and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It’s About Kids and Circle of Friends networks. It’s your connection to making a difference in the lives of Colorado’s children.
2019 Kids Count in Colorado!
The 2019 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report includes a special analysis of the potential undercount of young children in the 2020 Census.
White House Principles for Child Care Reform: Increasing Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care in America
Posted December 9, 2019
Today, more Americans are working than ever before. Virtually every demographic is achieving historic low unemployment rates. As the Trump Administration’s policies continue to fuel economic growth, we have seen millions of Americans come off the sidelines and rejoin the workforce. In fact, job openings have exceeded the number of job seekers for well over a year. Maintaining that growth will require strengthening policies to support working families, including increasing access to affordable, high quality child care.
Legislation Supported by Alliance for Kids
February 2018: The Alliance for Kids Council voted to support three items of pending legislation below (view flyer). This allows us to advocate by sharing the information with our community of families, partners, and early childhood professionals.
HB18-1208: Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit
HB18- 1004: Renewing the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
SB18- 099: Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs
For a summary please reference the documents below:
2018 Legislative Session Early Childhood Summary
2018 Continuation of the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Fact Sheet